Cub Scout Pack 44 restored an old tradition this January, holding its first Cake Bake in four years, bringing together more than 80 scouts and family members to hold a meeting and, well, let them eat cake!
The event was framed as a contest based not on taste but looks, and the kids of Pack 44 delivered: more than a dozen cakes with themes including cowboy boots, sprawling cacti and even a scene of Yellowstone National Park, with a fondant creation of a wolf eating an elk.
“It was interesting,” said Jack, a member of the Webelos. “It was my first time. I am glad I did fondant animals. I got to learn how hard it is to do fondant and how exciting it is to make it and how good it looks in the end.”
Brendan made a colorful, smiley cactus, improvising a mouth in a bolt of inspiration. “It was fun,” said his dad, Shawn. ”He just enjoys being in the kitchen.”
“When I became Cubmaster I knew I wanted to bring this back,” said Curtis Arpey. “Kids love it, and we get to feed them.”
Awards were announced on the pack’s Facebook page, but as the group of kids got in line once, then twice, for cake, they all felt like they’d won.